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It Is Well With My Soul

April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 244

We want to be able to say these words so often. We long to feel a wellness of soul, but we may not understand or imagine how such an expression is possible in today's troubled times. Please allow me to share a story with you.

A man named Horatio married a beautiful woman named Ann and became a prominent lawyer in Chicago. He came from an influential family, his father regularly corresponded with the likes of John Adams, James Madison and Thomas Edison. Horatio invested his money in real estate and became quite wealthy.

He not only studied the law of the land, but also God's laws. Horatio devoured God's Word. He taught Sunday School classes, became an elder at his church Fullerton Avenue Presbyterian Church in Chicago and contributed to the ministries of D.L. Moody.

He and his wife opened their home to many service organizations like the abolitionist movement and the National Women's Christian Temporance Society. Meanwhile, their family grew until they had four children, daughters.

We assume it's easy to say "it is well with my soul" with the plush life Horatio and Ann lived. But, the tide turned.

In 1871, Horacio saw the Chicago fire in person. He watched the fire devour almost all of his real estate investments. Instead of throwing a pitty party, he and his family spent two years helping other people recover. They assisted the homeless, fed the hungry and comforted the grief-stricken. The fire burned up their finances, but not their faith.

After two years, Ann Spafford began experiencing health difficulties and upon a doctor's instruction, they scheduled a trip to Europe. In 1873, the family travelled to New York to catch the ship Ville du Havre, but at the last minute Horatio had to take care of some business and sent his four daughters and wife ahead of him.

In the Eastern North Atlantic, the ship collided with another ship and sank in 12 minutes. Of the 307 people aboard, 226 people died, including Spafford's four daughters. On December 1, 1873, Ann cabled her husband this message: "Saved alone. What shall I do?"

Grief stricken, Horatio immediately took the next ship to join her.

Why am I telling you this story?

Because, as we seek peace in our lives, we want everything to go perfectly. We assume peace comes with lack of complications. We think peace fills us when we find no trouble in life. Horatio's story describes something different.

According to a daughter, Bertha, born to Horatio and Ann five years later, the captain of this new ship informed her father as they moved above the place where the Ville du Havre sank. As Horatio took the time to scan those waters and really think about his lost girls, he let his mind dig into the pain.

He wrote this letter:

On Thursday last we passed over the spot where she went down in mid-ocean, the water three miles deep. But I do not think of our dear ones there. They are safe, folded, the dear lambs, and there, before very long, shall we be too.

In the meantime, thanks to God, we have an opportunity to serve and praise Him for His love and mercy to us and ours. I will praise Him while I have my being. May we each one arise, leave all, and follow Him.

That same night, he wrote a now famous hymn entitled, "It is well with my soul." In this hymn, he shares the peace he felt in that moment knowing God's strength as his lacked. The opening phrase takes it's idea from the following Bible verse meant to comfort the people of Israel as they lost a battle for Jerusalem.

"I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream; you will nurse and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knees. As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem." Isaiah 66:12-13

Horatio Spafford's hymn has comforted people for 138 years and continues to do so. I found a lovely version for you to watch and find comfort.

In what areas of life do you or those you love need peace? If you've received comfort, share how you found it.

Paula's writes and speaks to help couples and families grow through her faithful choices approach to life. As a wife, mom, ordained pastor and persistent friend Paula knows the value of the choices we make each day. She longs to help people get where they want to go by helping them see the choices available to them. As the Faithful Choice Advocate Paula writes a daily blog at

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